Posted on November 26, 2018
Portland was a nice clear day, and so prior to walking the harbor area, we agreed we would book our tickets to go whale watching. Once done, we walked around and then decided to grab something to eat before heading down to the boat to head out for 4 hours.
I will apologize right up front that there is a lot of photo’s but I wanted to keep the Whale watching trip together. This blog will share the trip out. The next one the trip back in.
The whale watching ship looked big enough and there was a good amount of people on board.
I know that I had high expectations of the whales. I had visions of them dancing on the water for me. No such luck. I hope I do not become jaded on whale watching because I truly think it will be a thrill to see a whale in the wild. Until next time, that was our whale watching trip.
This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month. Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger Kristina of Hello Olivia Photography has for you this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on her page.
If you missed the Salem and Manchester by the Sea, the first part of Wells Beach , the second part of Wells Beach and the first part of our visit to Portland click on the names and go and check out our road trip adventure. To see the second part of our walk around Portland click here
Posted on October 31, 2018
I started off our Maine vacation with Tell me a Story and to be honest I have only reached day 2. Saturday and we were in Portland. If you did not read Portland Day 1 you can do so here. Portland is a busy harbor town and I wish we had more time to explore it. Our goal today was to go whale watching, but while waiting for our departure time we explored around the city. Portland harbor area is a mass of wharves and I loved exploring them all.
Portland, Maine is definitely place to visit. It is vibrant, and there are party boats, opportunities to go whale watching, seal watching (which may have been a better option), Lighthouse boat trips. There are breweries to visit and as I mentioned an abundance of really good food. Do yourself a favor and add it to your itinerary if you are traveling to Maine.
This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month. Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger Kim of Kim Sidwell Photography has for you this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on her page.
If you missed the Salem and Manchester by the Sea, the first part of Wells Beach , the second part of Wells Beach and the first part of our visit to Portland click on the names and go and check out our road trip adventure.
Posted on October 29, 2018
For this month’s 30 Minutes I thought I would share some of the time we spent in Portland, Maine. Our drive from Wells Beach took about 40 minutes and we saw some great sights along the way. Driving up to Portland we had fog. I was not happy. We were heading to Portland to do some whale watching. Ugh – fog means no whale watching.
However, our welcome to Portland was sunny and it was exciting to be able to visit this coastal port town.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 Minutes in Life. For the rest of the blog group, please take time to visit my friend and fellow blogger Liz Godfrey Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle of photographers to see what the other photographers, from the US and around the world, have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.
Posted on October 20, 2018
For this month of Inspired by Life Blog I am sharing the second part of Wells Beach shares a few more of the bay and harbor along with a short drive to the Island. If you have not read the other blogs, Wells Beach, Maine is a quaint coastal town that “in season” is more busy than I expected. Maine is so different from South Florida. The houses are built differently, mainly with wood, as opposed to concrete in South Florida. I loved the wrap around balconies. We were heading to the harbor mouth but came to a dead end along the way.
Below are some additional images of the bay area that we found by taking a drive down a little side street.
I love being part of the “Inspired by Life” blog group. This is a circle blog so take some time to head across to Tracy Martindale and check out what she has for you.
Posted on October 17, 2018
Wells Beach was our destination and would be out hub for the 6 days that we were in Maine. We were fortunate that a friend of mine offered us the use of their cottage and from there we traveled out – Portland, Bar Harbor and the Arcadia National Park, Orchard Beach, Kennebankport, Ogunuit, Portsmouth and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
But first off Wells Beach I had a long list of places to visit, but looking at my list, I am not sure that I saw all the things I wanted to see. Doing a little bit of exploring we headed off down some side streets and finally found the bay area between the mainland and the island. We still had fog this morning and I loved the peacefulness of the area. So little activity. This area is very marshy and there seemed to be a fair bit of bird life. On thing I really loved about Maine was where ever we went we seemed to find color in the form of beautiful potted flowers and gardens, along with the spectacular sight of fall beginning to show it’s colors in the the trees.
Wells Beach is the weekend destination from what it seemed. Saturday and Sunday were busy traffic days, but they quietened down on Monday. There is plenty of places to each and a huge variety, but we stuck to Seafood. Hey, when you are in seafood town, then you just have to get with it and enjoy the moments. Suffice to say we enjoyed calamari & Lobster Tails (best place was Testa – Bar Harbor), seafood pasta (In Wells Beach), stuffed clams (Billy’s Chowder Shack), crab cakes and Lobster bisque (Jackie Too in Ogunquit), Lobster rolls (in Portmouth) and shrimp wraps (in Portland). Food was so good, but more about that later.
Wells Beach is the home to the Bush family compound found at Walkers Point. There is also St Anne’s Church and St Anthony’s monastery. I did not see the Wedding Cake House. Day trips can be made to Vaughn Island Preserve and Goose Rocks Beach. Quick trips will get to to Ogunquit, a quaint little town.
There is more on Wells Beach, but I did not want to make each blog too long. Look out for the next blog to be completed in a few days. If you missed Salem and Manchester by the Sea take some time to stop by and check them out.
Posted on October 9, 2018
If you recall last we were in Salem, Massachusetts. We left there after a couple of hours and headed to Manchester by the Sea. Why there? Well Richard talked about going on to Rockport, MA. Apparently his Tuna Reality Series operates out of Rockport. Well I watched the movie “Manchester by the Sea” last year and decided that since we were going to pass by the town, we could at least stop and see what it was like.
Manchester by the Sea was a quaint little town with very interesting water front. Down side or maybe upside, the fog rolled in just before we arrived and so it lent to a very eerie looking pics of the town.
Vacations are always exciting. Traveling to places you have never been before is thrilling. I tend to plan and research before I travel and I have a schedule that is probably going to do us in but I am looking forward to seeing what Maine has to offer.
Look out for the next installation as we learn more about Maine.